Yes, it is official. The first crash and burn rough draft is finished at a little over 50,000 words. Writing the last two chapters was much more emotionally draining than I ever expected. It was also some of the hardest writing I’ve ever done. While trying to create an emotional climax, where I put my main character through the proverbial rack, every two minutes one of my darling children would either scream a babble of nonsense, ask me for something, or climb up my back and snatch away the mouse! Mix in the background noise of PBS Kids and it’s enough to push the sanest person over the edge.
As a reward I’m going out and getting a new book to dive into and taking a few mornings to just read, undisturbed. Next Monday we’ll start the revisions and editing.